Letters to the Editor, August 2

Aug. 01, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

Another side of the argument

It would appear Lee Mortimer has been reading only one side of the argument over Palestine.  That is an argument that has been developing over the past 1,000 years or more.   It seems the source of Mortimer’s position is the website: http://representativepress.org/IsraelHistory.html.   Whereas, opposing viewpoints can be found in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.

Indeed, Mortimer is correct that many were forced from their homes in 1947, after the partition plan was implemented. In May 1948 the British forces left Palestine, and then the 1948 Arab–Israeli War began with the invasion of Palestine by the Arab States on May 15, 1948.  However, many Arabs forced to leave their homes were forced by the PLO, and while both sides are culpable, assigning blame to one and ignoring the excesses of the other is wrong.

As some statements made at the time of partitioning attest: On 24 November 24, 1947, the head of the Egyptian delegation to the General Assembly, Muhammad Hussein Heykal Pasha, said “the lives of 1 million Jews in Moslem countries would be jeopardized by the establishment of a Jewish state.”  And another, Jamal Husseini, promised, "The blood will flow like rivers in the Middle East." And again, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Said, said: "We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in".

With the rejection of any cease-fire in the hostilities, Hamas is certainly carrying on the tradition of obliterating every place the Jews seek shelter.

Robert H. Appleby

Durham

Don’t change midstream

The Senate is proposing draconian changes to how people with mental illness get health care.  The goal, to make sure physical health care needs are met, not just mental health needs, while spending a reasonable amount of money is a good one. 

How will the proposed change affect someone with schizophrenia?  Someone with a thought disorder is required to go to a new company. Maybe they won’t be approved for a service that has worked for them.  Perhaps the therapist and the company they have built up a trust with, is no longer on the list of providers. 

Disruption. Chaos. Delays.  Individuals may land in the emergency department – where they wait on average for more than three days.  We would never tolerate that for people who don’t have mental illnesses.  People in residential care may lose their eligibility.  Another risk:  eliminating all kinds of services, even things like outpatient care, prescription meds, and dental care.

Let’s build upon the successes we have in our publicly operated system which has effectively delivered services while costs are contained.  Don’t change it midstream! NAMI NC supports the governor’s and the House’s plan to continue the successes with the capped Medicaid budget for behavioral health, while adding protections for physical health care through building on successes of our hospitals and primary care providers.  Help those who live with mental illness get the health care they need by continuing our public managed care.

Deby Dihoff

Executive director

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC